LaSalle-Peru anonymous tips

LaSalle-Peru school safety measure introduces anonymous tips

LaSalle-Peru Township High School (LPHS) has launched an anonymous tip system for the new school year that will allow the community to report situations via text message or through an app, according to a release from the school.

The school has employed tip411, a tool created by Citizen Observer, which will facilitate anonymous two-way conversations. Those wishing to use the system can download the LP tip411 app, available for both iPhone and Android, in order to submit messages, photos and videos. The system is also accessible through text message. Users can direct their tip to 847411, starting the message with “CAVALIERS.”

According to LPHS, the tips are completely anonymous; all information that could identify a user is stripped before the message is sent to authorities. Tips sent through tip411 are sent and received in real time. The system is already in place in more than 1,200 communities throughout the country.

The school noted that it has implemented the tip system in a bid to keep students, staff and visitors as safe as possible, and that it believes tip411 will better enable communication and the speed with which the school can address situations.

See the full story in the Illinois Valley Times

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Education Matters: No room for bullying in schools

…An important part of responding to bullying is to know when it is happening. Teachers and administrators are trained in the ‘4 A Response’, through PBIS, how to Affirm a student giving a report, Ask the right questions, Assess the report or threat, and Act on the information appropriately.

Students are provided ways to report bullying, including telling a trusted adult, using a paper method in the front office, or by using the Tip411 text or email app. While all students are encouraged to talk candidly with counselors, teachers, administrators, coaches or other adults they trust, many opt for more anonymous methods like Tip411.

The app is offered in partnership with Napa and American Canyon police departments and the Napa County Sheriff, and allows students to anonymously report bullying, suicide threats, crimes or other situations to school administrators and law enforcement, who can move quickly to investigate any unsafe incidents.

And, of course, we encourage parents to be vigilant for signs of bullying or bullying behavior, and to report concerns to a teacher and principal…

Read the full post from the Napa Valley Unified School District in the Napa Valley Register

31 Schools in McKinney, TX See Success With tip411

tip411 interviewed McKinney Independent School District’s Director of Safety, Greg Hill, and Sgt. Sherwood Holmes, who is in charge of the district’s School Resource Officers, about their use of tip411 in McKinney, Texas.

Q: Tell us about McKinney and your school district.

A: McKinney ISD is made up of 31 schools with 24,400 students. McKinney, a community of around 150,000, is one of the fastest growing cities in the US.

Two years ago we began using tip411 after the McKinney Police Department approached us about the system and told us to apply for a grant. We received the grant, which funded the system in all 31 of our high, middle, and elementary schools.

Q: How is the tip411 system used in your schools?

A: Our SRO’s assigned to each school receive and respond to tips. Sergeant Holmes is also able to see all tips received. Depending on the nature of the tip, the SRO either forwards tips about criminal activity to the police department, and other tips are sent to the school’s administrators for follow up.

We receive around 700 tips per year, mostly from middle and high school students. Our three most common types of tips are students concerned about the welfare of others, drug tips, and tips about bullying. We also receive tips about tobacco use, petty thefts, and more.

Q: Why tip411?

A: We aren’t about reinventing the wheel. Schools and police in this area talk and collaborate regularly, and tip411 has everything we wanted; the ability for students to send tips anonymously and also allowing our officers to communicate directly with students.

Our SRO’s have great relationships with many students, but tip411 allows our SRO’s to build relationships with students they have not yet been able to reach.

tip411 also promotes kids being responsible for the safety of their schools and having them take that kind of ownership is priceless.

Learn more about McKinney ISD & tip411